Dr Ruveda Salam, Jammu & Kashmir's first woman IPS officer, joins the growing list of women IAS, IPS officers in India such as Kerala's Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Merin Joseph IPS and Telangana IAS officer Smita Sabharwal.
Hailing from Farkin, a remote village in Kupwara, Jammu & Kashmir, Salam is currently an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in Chennai.
Salam is also a doctor, having completed her studies from the Government Medical College in Srinagar.
After cracking the Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) in 2009, Salam cleared the UPSC exam in 2013, becoming the first Muslim woman from Kashmir to do so. But she could not make in the interview, so she reappeared for the written exams next year.
She was ranked 878 in the recently annouced civil service exam results.
"Being a young ACP is a challenging role. It carries a lot of responsibility. I am in a state where people respect the police. When girls see me in uniform they look at me with admiration!," Salam told Reddit.